Common Names: Moon Orchid, Moth Orchid, Phal Orchid
Origin: Tropical Asia, NE Australia
Light: Bright, filtered
Foot Candles: 125 - 225
Water: When dry
Humidity: 45% - 70%
Temperature: 16°C - 26°C
Soil: Epiphytic / orchid mix
Container: Orchid pot, mounted to wood
Nutrients: Orchid foliage mist spray
Propagation: Seed or division
Interiorscape Use: Seasonal colour, desktop plant
Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.
Common Issues: Root rot when overwatered. Flowers once per year and some may find plant unattractive when not in bloom.
Comments: High quality flowers are available in the entire colour spectrum, except true blue. The most widely grown orchid for use as a houseplant. The aerial roots can photosynthesise, producing a green colour near the tips from chlorophyl production. While often recommended by plant tags, placing a cube of ice is not a good idea for watering orchids, as these plants are native to areas where ice is not present and the cold temperate could damage the plant.